Top 5 Series That Went Downhill

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha on ThoughtsonTomes, and can be found on the Goodreads Group.  This is my first time participating, but each week has a different topic, and the goal is to come up with 5 books that fit the theme.

This week, the theme is Top 5 series that got worse with each book.  I found this really hard to do, because I couldn’t think of which series kept getting worse, or that I felt let down on.  After a lot of thinking, this is what I came up with:

1.Divergent Series, by Veronica Roth


If you don’t already know, Divergent is a dystopian novel where people are sorted into Factions based upon their strongest quality.  The series follows the life of Tris Prior as she fights the corrupt system and tries to find herself.  Divergent was realllyyyy good, but after that it started to become a stretch, and I felt like Allegiant (the last of the trilogy) was reaching to make a full plot.  That being said, I enjoyed the series overall, it just wasn’t great.

2. The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare


Mortal Instruments, starting with the City of Bones, started off exciting, and the first few books were that way.  However, as time went on it seemed like they were throwing in more familial twists just to keep the books going, and I became bored just because of the repetitiveness.  This might just be because I got older while they were being published, but I couldn’t even finish the series because it didn’t interest me anymore. 

3. Uglies, by Scott Westerfield


I was in love with the first book of this series.  It’s about a futuristic society where people are sorted into “Uglies” or “Pretties” and their lives are lived accordingly.  I couldn’t get enough, and I found the world building and plot to be high quality.  The second and third books, however, were not as exciting, and I couldn’t manage to stay interested despite how fun they were initially.

4. Matched, by Ally Condie


What even happened to this series?  Matched started off so well, and I actually BOUGHT the next book, something which I don’t normally do, especially when I don’t own the first one, but I was let down.  It was as though Condie hadn’t really thought about what was going to happen past the first book, and it just kind of died.  Matched was good, but I would not recommend reading it if you are the type to need to read the entire series once you start.

5. Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick


I have to admit, this one was a bit of a stretch.  I started googling popular series, and scrolling.  When I got to this one, I was like, “Oh my god I remember reading that and hating the second one!” so I decided to put it on the list.  I read this in 7th grade, but I’m pretty sure it’s a teen novel, and it fits with the general theme I have here, so now it’s on the list.

 

I was probably a bit harsh on some of these series, but that’s because I much prefer standalone books, and the series that I do read normally turn out to be some of my favorites (Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, Hunger Games).

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11 thoughts on “Top 5 Series That Went Downhill

  1. I haven’t read Uglies and Matched, but I agree with everything else on this list! I really liked Divergent but the rest of the series… not so much. And I prefer The Infernal Devices more than The Mortal Instruments. I liked the story and the characters so much more 😀

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  2. The first 3 here on my TBR list. Divergent is one I’m planning to get onto REALLY soon while the Mortal Instruments & The Uglies are just lost in the midst of my TBR list. I’ve been wanting to read the Uglies for SO LONG now, I have found all the other books in libraries and bookstores, but not the first initial book. i guess I’ll have to order it from Amazon or somewhere soon!

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